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Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance [DVD]
Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance [DVD]
Dvd ~ Louise Osmond
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, 7 Feb. 2016
A really enjoyable documentary and you don't need to be a fan of horse racing to appreciate it. Such great characters. Its uplifting and even provides one or two laughs. At its heart this shows how one woman's determination can pull a community together against all the odds.


Hydra
Hydra
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bland, 23 April 2014
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I was really looking forward to this album, but I am sad to say that I was disappointed. I tried it again after waiting a couple of months after my last listen, but I can't escape the conclusion that this is symphonic rock by numbers. It sounds as if it has been made for the American market, in a style that would go down better there, but with a number of unremarkable tracks.

The previous album had great tracks such as Faster, Shot In the Dark and Sinead and The Silent Force was a delight from start to finish. Unfortunately, I doubt if I'll be listening to Hydra again


Pure Jade
Pure Jade
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thriller set in South Wales and Hong Kong, 28 Aug. 2013
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Ben Hughes leaves his job as a tax inspector to join a large accountancy firm working in their tax investigations team. Doesn't sound exciting, but as the story unfolds you will be gripped by a tale of drugs, murder, and a god fearing coroner. There are hints of James Bond and the Guy Ritchie gangster films set around London, but in a South Wales setting with a spell in Hong Kong.

The story takes a few chapters to set the scene, but you will then be gripped and won't want to put it down.


Delta Machine
Delta Machine
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Question of Time, 31 Mar. 2013
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I have listened to the album for a week before posting a review as it took several listens to really get to enjoy the previous release Sounds of the Universe (SOTU).

By way of background I have been a fan since hearing See You on the radio back in 1982 and have bought all the albums as they were released since.

Whereas there are a number of tracks that I like on SOTU that album does not come accross as a coherent whole. Delta Machine does. The prime example being the single Heaven. On its own it is, to be frank, disappointing and even boring to listen to, but it is lifted by where it is on the album and fits in perfectly there. It was, however, a poor choice of single if they were looking to generate interest in the album.

The album starts with some deep electronic pulses and simple slow electronic beats which introduce Welcome To My World as unmistakably Depeche Mode. The track builds into a decent opener. Next up is Angel, where Dave almost goes gospel. This track would fit quite well on Violator in style. Heaven, as discussed above, is the third track.

There is then a bit of a dip in the album with Secret to the End and My Secret Universe, which whilst pleasant enough are not memorable. From here on in to the end of the album, however, the quality goes up a notch (with one exception).

Slow is fairly atmospheric, with a simple blues riff, and meanders along nicely with Dave at his sleaszy best. This is followed by Broken, a pleasant mid-paced ditty with a nice chorus, which could be from Black Celebration era. The Child Inside is the obligatory Martin Gore slow number, which is fine, although not a patch on Home.

Some reviews have likened Soft Touch / Raw Nerve to A Question of Time. To my ears it sounds like a cover band trying to cover that track poorly. For me it just grates and is the one missed step on the album.

To make up for this the final four tracks of the album are strong and reward repeated listening. Should Be Higher is builds up nicely to a good chorus. Alone is a particular favourite, atmosperic and ethereal, and the chorus of Soothe My Soul comes straight from The Glitter Band's school of glam rock (in a good way).

Goodbye goes back to a simple blues riff, but with many more elecronic layers than Slow. It builds to a hard hitting chorus of 'Goodbye', which does bring an fair of finality to the album.

Overall, I am enjoying this album. It fits together well and there is a fresh feel to the electronic sounds in the mix - its like they started to enjoy playing with them again.


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